Fan Bingbing Releases Apology Statement, Breaks Silence on Tax Evasion Case

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing has disappeared from public viewMore

On Wednesday, the actress broke her silence and responded to reports claiming she had been fined almost $130 million for tax evasion.

Fan Bingbing has been China's highest-paid celebrity for the past four years, according to Forbes, taking in (a reported) 300 million yuan ($46.8 million) last year.

The report points out that, because this was her first offense, she will not face criminal charges, as long as the fines are paid by the deadline, which has not been officially stated. Fan disappeared from the public eye over three months ago, stoking fears that she was the subject of an investigation.

In a letter posted on social media, Fan, 37, apologized profusely and repeatedly to the public and government.

In the statement, Fan says she "accepts the judgement completely" and talks of the "immense pain" this experience has caused her.

China has ordered Fan Bingbing, one of the country's best-known actresses, to pay taxes and fines amounting to hundreds of millions of yuan, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported, without elaborating. "Without the good policies of the Communist Party and the state, without the love of the people, there is no Fan Bingbing".

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Since June, China has been investigating tax evasion in its film and television industry, following reports that some of its most famous actors have been accused of signing so-called "yin-yang" contracts, one of which sets out the real terms, while a second, with a lower figure, is meant for tax officials.

Fan's disappearance had sparked significant public speculation about her whereabouts, with some pointing to a possible tax evasion investigation. "I failed my country which nurtured me; I failed the society which trusted me; I failed the fans who liked me", she wrote to her 61 million followers.

Fan broke into the global movie scene with her role in the 2014 "X-Men" movie.

The Xinhua report makes it clear that Fan's case is a warning to other high-profile stars to get their tax bills straight.

A man surnamed Liang, who identified himself as a staff member of Fan's studio when reached by phone, refused to comment on the announcement or on Fan's location. She is supposed to appear in the upcoming female-focused spy thriller 355 alongside Cruz, Chastain, Marion Cotillard, and Lupita Nyong'o.

Fan Bingbing attends the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on October 1, 2017 in Paris, France.

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